Name: Damain Walker
Title: Iowa Market Manager
What’s so awesome about Summit Brewing Company?
What’s not awesome about Summit? 33 years of making quality-driven, approachable craft beers. We’re proud and fortunate to share those beers with the great state of Iowa and its people. Our company might be somewhat large; however, we operate as a tight-knit family. We love people, beer and the environment, in no particular order. Plain and simple “We’re your favorite brewery’s favorite brewery.”
What’s new or upcoming for you in 2018?
We released 2 new year-round Pilsners at the start of 2018. Dakota Soul, a Czech-American pilsner, is an ode to our founder’s family barley farm in Rugby, North Dakota. Keller Pils, a German unfiltered pilsner, with a blend of traditional and modern German ingredients. Keller Pils recently won a bronze medal at the 2018 World Beer Cup (Zwickelbier/Kellerbier). Both are equally good! Our Beer Hall is currently being renovated and will mark its grand unveiling in late June 2018. It only took us about 32 years, but Summit Brewing Company finally started a barrel-aging program. Keep an eye out for barrel-aged/small batch beers at select retailers throughout Iowa and during DSMBW here in Des Moines.
What’s so awesome about the Des Moines area beer scene?
Though we aren’t considered a local brewery, the people of Iowa and especially the Des Moines area have embraced us with open arms for quite some time now. Des Moines residents and microbreweries are leading the charge in elevating the craft beer scene here in Iowa. We’re just happy to be able to contribute to DSM’s love of craft beer.